Assist Domestic Violence Shelters: Send Care Packages
Domestic violence shelters are there to do just that: Shelter the victims of domestic violence. Every nine seconds, a woman is physically abused by her husband. In the course of a year, an estimated 1.3 million women are the victims of intimate partner-related physical abuse, making the need for refuge overwhelming.
When a victim of domestic violence makes the decision to leave her abusive environment, the time it takes to build up enough courage to do so can take many years or mere moments. Often, a battered woman has only a tiny window of opportunity for flight from danger and will make it to a women's shelter with the clothes on her back, children if she has them, and not much more.
Rarely is the victim of domestic violence able to throw together an overnight bag; packing deodorant isn't a priority when she makes her escape. Finding herself on the run, a battered woman may grab basics for her children but will leave her own things behind, including her toothbrush.
In emergency situations, the battered woman and her children may be taken to a safe house, or family violence shelter, where they are effectively hidden for 24 to 48 hours, depending on the training of the staff and the security of the actual house. In that time, victims of domestic violence can take the first tentative steps to a new life, but it can be daunting. A battered woman comes with a battered life to repair and rebuild.
Providing care packages for women who have escaped from domestic violence can make a huge difference to them for relatively little effort on your part.
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For more information about domestic violence and what you can do to help its victims, visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, or Futures without Violence.
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